Great proximity to Chicago & Milwaukee, 400 feet of Vert

by: TosaTrio - Jan 20, 2013

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 0
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 0
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: FAST chair lifts, close to Milwaukee & Chicago

    Cons: Busy, black runs not diverse

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2013

Full review

Well run hill that is approx 35 min SouthWest of Milwaukee. They have great snow making capacity with approx 120 snow guns! If its cold, they're making snow & y'all CAN SKI!!! Don't look out your window for snow, look at the temp to determine your skiing options. Taking into account the Midwest has erratic snow totals and temps, Alpine Valley tries to maintain a base of 2-4 feet. This allows folks to ski in 50+ degree temps for days on end!

Right side of hill is sequestered from rest of hill dedicated to EASY blue & gentle green runs. This side is designed for folks that like to wander a bit. It's picturesque & great for beginners with 1 high speed quads, two triple lifts & 3 magic carpets.

Center of hill has three straightforward black diamond runs that will allow your adrenaline to pump a bit. They are straight & don't offer diversity or allow for wandering... The center & left side of the resort are joined by lifts that serve both. There are 2 high speed quads & 3 triple chairlifts allowing GREAT/FAST return to the top of the hill for more ski / boarding time!!

Alpine Village at base of hill is Swiss/Euro design with ski in /ski out lodge, pub, full service restaurant, quick service cafe, pro shop, ski school, coffee shop and outdoor grill with chilled beverages for a cool vibe at busier times. They also pipe out music for an overall entertaining vibe! Snow is blown to edge of patio so you can ski within inches of a patio outdoor table for après!!

I prefer Cascade Mountain for diverse skiing but consider Alpine Valley my home ski resort due to its overall amenities & proximity to home.


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